Solidarity With The Mi’kmaq

Mi'maq 2Not much different than the way Columbus interacted with the indigenous peoples he encountered while stumbling upon the West, SWN Resources Canada, a subsidiary of Houston-based Southwestern Energy Co. has decided to co-opt the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to do their dirty work for them and press a peaceful resistance to the unauthorized takeover of tribal lands by a corporation and turn it violent.

In early October, the Elsipogtog First Nation leaders claimed they had enough shale gas exploration in their territory and wanted SWN Resources Canada to leave. They announced they were reclaiming all unoccupied reserve lands and issued an eviction notice to SWN. The community around Rexton, New Brunswick erected blockades on the main road that was traversed by company vehicles.

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According to the Indian Country Today Media Network;

At a media conference in nearby Rexton, Elsipogtog Chief Aaren Sock said that the lands, never ceded or sold, had been held in trust by the Crown—but that the trust has been betrayed.

“The original people of the territory, together with their hereditary and elected leaders, believe that their lands and waters are being badly mismanaged by Canada, the province and corporations to the point of ruin,” Sock said. “Now facing complete destruction, they feel that the lands are no longer capable of providing enough to support the populations of the region.”

These threats to their survival and way of life left the Mi’kmaq of Signigtog no choice but to resume environmental stewardship in order to “save our water, land and animals from ruin,” Sock said.

The morning of Thursday the 17th, RCMP officers, dressed in armored riot gear with snipers in the fields and forest, moved in to enforce an injunction against the Mi’kmaq and their barricades. Molotov cocktails were thrown at the officers and tear gas and rubber bullets were fired at the protesters. Some 40 protesters including Chief Sock and some council members from Elispogtog First Nation were arrested.

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The standoff continues as supporters are flooding into the area from nearby Nova Scotia and as far away as Alberta.

Clearly this is no new story. It has been reoccurring throughout time, since well before Columbus opened the floodgates for European exploitation of the West. Resource extraction by any means, always leads to the destruction of not only the land but also the peoples who occupy that land, usually indigenous, poor and unable to represent themselves adequately. In many different ways, it destroys the Earth as a whole.

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The First Nations in the Americas are just one of many on the front lines of this battle to save our planet and all of its inhabitants from the greedy exploitation perpetrated by elite board rooms around the world. Campus California and our sponsored schools, One World Center and the Richmond Vale Academy, are working hard to help with the aftermath of this behavior by helping those indigenous peoples most affected by global climate change, deal with their new realities. There are protests around the world hoping to stop this exploitation of our planet’s resources and peoples, including one on Monday the 21st in Minneapolis. If we can help stop these tragedies before they start, there will be less need for help with their consequences. Stand up in Solidarity with the Mi’kmaq of Elsipogtog. Stand up against greed. Stand up!

 

 

Can Africa feed itself with Ecosystem Based Agriculture farming methods?

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We all know how the forces of globalization have ravaged the continent of Africa. Mix this with global climate change and food security is a major concern. Here is an article from Dr Richard Munang, who is Africa Regional Climate Change Head & Co-ordinator at the United Nations Environment Programme, which ran in Aljazeera today.It discusses Ecosystem Based Agriculture and the Market pressures that control Africa’s production. While the assertions of Dr Munang are pretty agreeable one might hope that his call for “sizable increase in capital” does not require it to come from the same “investors” that have gotten Africa into the situation in the first place.

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Our sponsored schools at One World Center send their certified Development Instructors to Africa to work on these very issues. Check out the One World Center web page here.

The Economics Of Growing Your Own Food

There are many benefits to growing your own food. Most of which we take for granted. Personal satisfaction, nutritional value, superior taste and a lessened environmental footprint are all very important reasons. Have you ever thought about the benefits to your household budget? Here is an article, “Calculating the Savings in Growing Your Own Food“ from 2011 originally posted by our friends at The Center For the New American Dream on their American Dream Blog.

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Campus California works hard to fund One World Center and The Richmond Vale Academy so they can teach climate change preparedness to the most vulnerable, the poor. Growing your own food is a very important part of that education.

Climate Compliance for St. Vincent

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With a ten years’ perspective, Richmond Vale Academy launched its St. Vincent
Climate Compliance Conference 2012-2021, aiming at forming the future of St.
Vincent into that of being a climate compliant country, one of the first of its kind
globally.

Each year Richmond Vale Academy, one of Campus California’s sponsored schools, will release an annual report on the Climate Compliance Conference. To read the first, click here, go to the bottom of the page and download a PDF of the Annual Report and read up on their progress.

 

UPDATE!

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Here is a video update from the Climate Compliance Conference on the RVA tv station on Vimeo. Check it out

 

 

CRRA Conference in Pasadena

 

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The California Resource Recovery Association, founded in 1974, is California’s statewide recycling association. It is the oldest and one of the largest non-profit recycling organizations in the United States. CRRA is dedicated to achieving environmental sustainability in and beyond California through Zero Waste strategies including product stewardship, waste prevention, reuse, recycling and composting.  CRRA provides its members with resources to advance local, regional and state wide waste reduction efforts which result in critical environmental and climate protection outcomes. CRRA’s members represent all aspects of California’s reduce-reuse-recycle-compost economy. Their members work for cities, counties, municipal districts, and businesses as well as hauling companies, material processors, non-profit organizations, state agencies, and allied professionals.

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Our PR Director, Julie Wedge, attended the annual conference last week and picked up some good tips on social media and fundraising. “The quality of the presenters, combined with the interest of the daily keynote speaker, was impressive. The annual meeting and legislative update were both informative and showed a forward thinking attitude toward zero waste.”

Julie suggests that any one who is part of the recycling community should take advantage of the resources of the CRRA.

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Report from Luciane

Luciane Much like the Newsletters that Campus California sends out periodically to give our site hosts and supporters an update on our progress, the Development Instructors post reports of their work. We recently received a report from Luciane who is a Development Instructor from One World Center working at a vocational school in Maputo, Mozambique. Luciane 2 One of Luciane’s responsibilities as a Development Instructor is to give classes in Mathematics. She is teaching algorithms with a practical approach by taking a house painting project, using algorithms and geometry to calculate how much paint to use.

“The students all come voluntary to the class, as they really want to learn algorithm, as this has not been part of their standard curriculum before coming to the vocational school. I am trying to give special attention to each student, because I believe some students have individual difficulties with mathematics, and therefore some need it being explained differently. I like to work with mathematics and with the students, so this suits me very well. It is amazing to see 30 teenagers eager to learn mathematics voluntarily; this gives me a lot of inspiration.”

Her students enjoy her classes, claiming that she always explains everything very clearly and spends the extra time needed for each individual to completely understand. They are so interested in her lessons, they ask Luciane for extra work, and since there are no text books, she must create each lesson on the black board for the students to copy down into their notebooks for work at home and in the class room.

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One World Center

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This past June was the 25th Anniversary of IICD, Institute for International Cooperation and Development, being in the United States. In celebration of that event, One World Center was launched with a new web site that combines the Internet and Social Media savvy of the students and staff at IICD Michigan, IICD Massachusetts and the Richmond Vale Academy.

Campus California is proud that it’s fundraising efforts support these schools and their effort to inspire and empower ordinary people to take action against worldwide poverty. They address the issues of our time with unique teaching and learning environments that cultivate social change and support a global vision: a sustainable future.

Please take a few minutes to look at the new web site here.

Goodwill and Section (C) of the Federal Labor Standards Act of 1938

Mike Fox, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Santa Clara/ Silicon Valley makes $344,754 in base salary. He has led Goodwill on a “rebuilding” trajectory that is to put Goodwill’s Outlets on par with many national retail clothing stores that you are familiar with like GAP or Old Navy. The problem is that he is doing it on the back of his employees. Some of his workers are paid sub-minimum wages thanks to Section 149(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Is it legal? Yes. Is it ethical? You decide. Watch this story from NBC’s Brian Williams and investigative reporter Harry Smith.

 

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And from this article in The Huffington Post by John Hrabe:

In California, these five Goodwill organizations exploit the special minimum wage exemption and pay executives top-dollar. A short sample of some executive compensation packages over the past few years:

  • $282,295- CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Diego County
  • $265,388- CEO of Goodwill Industries of Orange County
  • $376,317- CEO of Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada
  • $507,898- CEO of Goodwill of Southern California
  • $344,754- CEO of Goodwill Industries of Santa Clara County/ Silicon Valley